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Pirie Street bar evicted, assets seized


Pirie Street bar and restaurant Old Friend has been evicted and dozens of its assets seized over more than $120,000 in allegedly unpaid rent.

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Notices placed on the window of Old Friend this week advise that its lease has been terminated and a long list of assets seized to secure the payment of $123,750 in overdue rent and $3000 in costs.

Tables, chairs, beer kegs, wine bottles, a fridge, flat screen TV and projector screen, kitchen utensils, framed prints, a book shelf, pots and pans and a deep fryer are among the dozens of items seized, according to hand-written inventories posted on the window.

Photo: Bension Siebert / InDaily

Two of the directors of the company that ran Old Friend, Knice Enterprises – Brett Viney and Matthew Mitchell – also operated the Archer Hotel, which closed down and was placed under external administration last year.

ASIC records show Viney and Mitchell are co-directors of Knice Enterprises.

One of the notices posted on the window of Old Friend this week. Photo: Bension Siebert / InDaily

Viney did not respond to a request for comment from InDaily.

A new operator for the Archer, ALH Group, last month reportedly said it would reopen the iconic O’Connell Street pub.

The eviction of Old Friend comes within a year of a renovation to the front of the venue, which enabled a morning coffee stand and on-site outdoor seating.

The bar was formerly branded as Pirie & Co.

InDaily also contacted the landlord’s legal representatives for comment.

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